Phone Death

On Monday, blogger and writer friend Dr. Lydia Kang featured one of my posts on a poisonous bead inadvertently being used to make jewelry.

 She thought she may have purchased a necklace with the deadly toxin similar to the one I discussed.


What does Lydia learn?  


You can go here to find out.


Now on to today's topic.
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After a hiking and general fun trip with the family this weekend, I was hauling armfuls of stuff from the family car into the house.

It always amazes me that since we became parents more than a decade ago, how many extra bags we have to pack.

Anyway, in one load, I hurriedly dropped my cell phone, wallet, and extra keys into the children's insulated drink bag and placed it on the counter.

Later while unpacking inside, I started removing items from that insulated bag.  My keys, wallet, two sealed kids juices, a cold pack, and saw something else at the bottom of the case.

Something that I did not expect.

A mostly melted cup of vanilla ice cream.

Ice cream with a black cell phone partially submerged in it.

KERPLOP!

Argh...

Well, I dried the phone off and it works; well sort of.

All the volume controls are broken.

I can barely hear the ringer, the alarm feature is no longer audible, and the call volume is so low that I need just about complete silence to hear what someone is saying.

We will see how long I can hold out before the Mrs. gets tired of hearing me say: "Eh, what was that?  Say again please."

I said my condolences as my phone is the equivalent of dead.

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How about you--has one of your phones ever experienced a death by ice cream?


Or, what creative ways have you killed or lost a cell phone?

35 comments:

chuckmullis said...

Let's see there was the time that my brand new phone fell in a just opened can of paint. The time that It fell off my belt while I was climbing rafters and fell 30 feet to its demise. The time that I forgot it was in my back pocket (so it wouldn't fall off my belt) and I fell backwards on my rear end and crushed it. I could go on.
My wife is waiting for them to come out with an in-destructible model. it gets expensive quick.

Stina Lindenblatt said...

No, but my husband dropped his Blackberry (for work) in the sink while on vacation. It wasn't too impressed with the water, but my husband did manage to get it to work again after using the blow dryer to dry it out.

My kids are at that wonderful age where they can carry their own backpacks when we go on vacation. :D

Clarissa Draper said...

Agh, that's the worst. Well, I hope you're able to get a new phone soon.

Pat Hatt said...

Well the cats thought it would be fun to knock the cell phone down and push buttons, didn't break though. They actually had 91 dialed too, think they are trying to tell me something?...LOL

Dawn said...

Oh NO!!!
Well...I could think of way worse ways for a cell phone to meet its end....
At least it was smothered in sweetness before it lost control:)

Tina L. Hook said...

Mostly by dropping. Once in the toilet.

Bob G. said...

Slamdunk:
There will never be a GOOD cell phone, as long as they keep making them NON ice cream-proof...!
(and makes a decent case for a phone HOLSTER, too.)

I like most of my electronics to be as "people-proof" as possible...just in case.

Stay safe (make mine chocolate) out there.

Hilary said...

Ugh.. I feel for you. I know people swear by letting the phone sit in uncooked rice overnight after it's fallen in water. I don't know about now-dry ice cream, though.

Kristen @ Motherese said...

Oh, no! Here's hoping you're due for a free phone some time soon!

AB Home Interiors said...

No death by ice cream but I have dropped it into a glass of water by accident and it killed it! Cost me $600 bucks to replace a little mistake!

SuziCate said...

Not by ice cream, but one of the daycare kids threw it into the kiddie pool...fortunately rice saved mine!

Theresa Milstein said...

My condolences to your phone.

Years ago, I got a fancy (then) razor. I had it for about 24 hour when my husband dropped it and cracked the screen. Badly.

Unfortunately, it still worked.

Sarah Ahiers said...

i don't know if i've been lucky or what but i've never lost or broken a cell phone

BonBon Rose Girls Kristin said...

The toilet may have killed a cell phone a time or two. Ahhhhh, college. Ha!

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

Well, my brother dropped his in the toilet. Sorry about yours!

messymimi said...

#1 Son lost his when he dropped it outside in flood water during a hurricane, the same hurricane he tried to drive home in and drowned a car.

Lydia Kang said...

I can just imagine you yelling, "I can't hear you! There was ice cream in the phone! No, don't scream! I said, 'ICE CREAM!'"

Thanks for the shout out, and thanks for being the person who saved me from death-by-bauble!

M Pax said...

I guess that's one thing that doesn't mix well into ice cream. Haven't done that, but have spilled plenty of coffee and water on my keyboards over the years.

Secret Agent Woman said...

I have run no less than three cell phones through the washing machine, in jeans pockets. Killed them dead.

Ciara said...

I don't tend to lose cell phones, but glasses are my problem. I swear they sprout legs and run away.

My Husband's Watching TV... said...

Uh oh! Thanks for the heads up, we just got new phones and with baby on the way, I'll be sure to watch for ice cream but then again at my house, there's never any uneaten ice cream.

Jax said...

A few years ago I stayed at my best friends house after going to a pretty wild party. The next morning I couldn't find my phone. I figured I just lost it. 3 days later, my friend called me to tell me it was stuck inside the gallon of ice cream in the fridge. What's with phones being a topping for ice cream??? lol

Beth Zimmerman said...

We were test driving a used car and I threw my purse into the foot well of the backseat. After I decided this was NOT my dream car and parked, I reached back and pulled my purse out of what must have been 3 or 4 inches of rainwater! And of course my purse contents had been dunked! Let me tell you ... baptism is not a saving grace for cell phones! At least I got a new phone out of a crappy day!

My son went in the lake with his in his pocket. And my daughter? She has flushed 3 or 4!

GrandmotherWisdom said...

My sister dropped her phone in a snow bank in Wisconsin while they were snowblowing 18 inches of snow. They searched and searched but could not find the phone. A few months later, when the snow melted, Wal-la her phone was found. Believe it or not, it still worked after they recharged the battery. Amazing! :)

Anthony said...

No, but I did leave my phone out in the sun while playing basketball. Apparently, the phone became so hot that it fried the battery (or something like that).

Miss Caitlin S. said...

oh no!!! I'm so sorry, hah. What a pain. The worst is what you're going through now, where you're not quite ready to give up yet but suffer through an unusable phone. Bummer. But Mother's Day is coming up, right? So you could be totally selfless and give her the ability to hear you when she needs you.... by getting yourself an iPhone, haha.

My worse cell phone story was in the airport. I had too much stuff to carry and put my phone in my back jeans pocket. After using the stall, I stood up, pulled my jeans up while the toilet flushed and felt my phone leave my pocket just with enough time to turn and see the antenna shooting down the tank (airport restrooms are strong flushes so the phone was gone, gone). It was so annoying, ha.

Talli Roland said...

I love Lydia's medical posts - they're always so interesting! And death by ice-cream? Hehe! Sorry, but I had to laugh. :)

Christina Lee said...

UGH--We JUST had this happen with my son's PSP game device (vanilla ice cream). We took some of it apart, let it dry out, used a q-tip to get the hardened pieces of ice cream out and then gave it a good swift drop to the floor (what did we have to lose?) to dislodge any pieces missed. It now works! :D

Maxi said...

You need to have a funeral, Slam…

Really.

Blessings - Maxi

Luisa Doraz said...

lol I do remember those days. What am I saying, they still occur. lol Once a kid, always a kid. Hope all is going well for you and your family. Thanks for always dropping in and saying HI! :)

terri said...

Thankfully, I've never killed a cell phone, but I have friends who have dropped them in toilets and water gardens.

I've heard that submerging a wet phone in white rice will draw the water out of it. It worked for a friend, but I'm not sure how effective it is with ice cream!

Brian Miller said...

oh my...gotta love it...bet it smells great too...haha...hey at least you get a new phone out of the deal, right?

Carol Kilgore said...

Oh no! It's the dreaded Cell Phone Death Month. Maybe your speakers are vanilla-ice-cream clogged.

Selma said...

Well, I've heard of death by chocolate before but never by ice-cream. What a way to go. Haha.

lisa said...

Entrepreneur put his through the washing machine once. It was never the same again. Thankfully, he was doing the laundry that time and it wasn't MY fault! :-)